Friday, December 26, 2014

alumnus of sin

Happy Boxing Day everyone!

While I don't observe this particular holiday, or any holiday during December for that matter (unless our annual New Year's Eve party for two counts), I have been enjoying a relaxing few days off while leisurely tying up some year end loose ends.

Which brings us to tonight's topic, the final naughty novel in this pile of sleazy pulp fiction, Alumnus Of Sin by Dean Hudson. Possibly aka Evan Hunter, aka Ed McBain, and aka Salvatore Albert Lombino. (Among others. The latter being the name the author started life with.) Although there is some question about the credit, according to his Wikipedia page.

For those who don't feel like clicking on the link...

" ...Hunter has long been rumored to have written an unknown number of pornographic novels for William Hamling's publishing houses as "Dean Hudson". Though Hunter consistently denied writing any books as Hudson right up to his death, apparently his agent Scott Meredith sold books to Hamling's company as Hunter's work, receiving payments for these books in cash. However, Hunter—if he did write the novels—never dealt with the publisher directly, and no records were kept by Meredith or Hamling of these cash transactions (presumably to avoid paying taxes). As well, Meredith may have forwarded novels to Hamling by any number of authors, claiming these novels were by Hunter simply in order to make a sale. Because of all these factors, it is impossible to do more than speculate as to which specific Hudson books may be Hunter's work. Ninety-three novels were published under the Hudson name between 1961 and 1969, and even the most avid proponents of the Hunter-as-Hudson theory do not believe Hunter is responsible for all 93."

So while no one can say for sure whether Hunter / McBain / Lombino is responsible for writing this book, I think there's one thing we can all agree on: it has a pretty great, albeit also technically uncredited, cover.

And on that note I am off to enjoy the rest of the year in pretty much the same way I spent Christmas. I hope you all had / have a festive holiday season! As always, thanks so much for reading down this far / continuing to humor me and I hope to see you back here in 2015.


Friday, December 19, 2014

flesh trap

Next up, and next to last in this stack of paperbacks, is Flesh Trap by Jon Dexter.

The third in the pile credited to the pseudonym and the second I have no credit for. (The latter is also true of the cover. Although it is a bit Robert Bonfils-esque.)

Friday, December 12, 2014

the wife-swappers

Picking up where we left off last week, aka working our way through this pile of pervy pulp fiction, tonight's entry is the second in the stack credited to Andrew Shaw, The Wife-Swappers.

In case you missed the first, although I'm sure the name is not so uncommon there could be a man named Andrew Shaw who was / is a prolific writer, in this case it's a pseudonym used by several men who wrote for Greenleaf's assorted imprints in the '60s. (A couple sources credit this novel to Lawrence Block, who did employ the nom de plume during his tenure, but his personal website wasn't one of them so I can't say for sure.)

Cover by Harold McCauley

As for the cover, I'm pretty sure the credit to Harold McCauley is correct. (Although it does appear to stray a bit from his normal style.) Interested parties can read more about this prolific artist here & see more of his work here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

baptism in shame

Next up in this stack of sleazy paperbacks is Baptism In Shame by John Dexter, a pseudonym used by several Greenleaf authors; in this case Harry Whittington. (Who, interestingly, is known to have employed several pseudonyms over the course of his career.)

Cover by Robert Bonfils

Apparently this is one of a group of books penned by Whittington in the mid-'60s that became known as "the missing 38" among fans after he made a brief, somewhat curious, reference to the group in an essay on his experiences as an author. I would elaborate but I certainly can't tell the story better than this elaborate article does, so interested parties should definitely check it out.